Peter has been reminding us of the necessity of suffering, but suffering simply cannot be enjoyed for its own sake. Here he draws our attention to the glory that awaits us as God’s people in the presence of our Lord.
We come today to the end of a first-century sermon written by an author trained in Jewish rabbinical tradition. He wrote this to a congregation of Jewish Christian believers, probably residing in Rome. He has encouraged them to remain faithful to Jesus no matter what. And he wants them to understand that knowing and following Jesus is far and away better than any religious tradition they can ever find anywhere else.
One of the tasks that Timothy had before him was to assess potential candidates for ministry, so Paul outlined some qualifications for those who desired to lead. These credentials, along with those given to Titus, comprise the biblical standard for designated leaders within the body of Christ.